Your middle name is something you should take pride in. It meant something to your parents to give you that name, normally a family member or some special event that happened in their lives.
Now I know some of the names are a little weird. I lucked out because my first name came from one grandfather and my middle name came from the other and neither were that strange. Actually they were a little common.
And, I am sure as is the case with most of you, when my middle name came into play I knew I was in trouble. There were two names in deep water, not just one! And as would naturally follow, that was twice as much of an issue. When I was in a band performing, I used my middle name as though it was my first, so if somebody didn’t like what I did it wouldn’t seem like it was me they were cutting down.
And I have always been amazed at people who would never give their middle names because they thought they were terrible and it turned out that those names were like Ann or Bobby. What is wrong with those names? It’s not like Killer or Meathead or Sue! (Just kidding about Sue)
What is even worse is when your middle name fits but you don’t want it too! Like Sassy or Naughty or Bigfoot… not that I have ever known anyone with those middle names.
How to celebrate – Proudly enjoy your middle name! Research why you were given that name. Choose your child’s middle name wisely before giving it to them.
Don’t like your name? Well, today is the day to change it to whatever you want. I have a few suggestions below but remember, when you change your name you will need to let everyone know you have changed it. Yes, even Uncle Harvey. The government would also probably like to know of this change. I mean, Billy the Kid wasn’t really Billy the Kid, he was actually William Henry McCarty. Mata Hari was really Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. Can’t blame her for the change… who would want to write that out everyday! So go ahead and take a chance. Change it to something neither you, nor anyone else, will forget.
Charley McCarthy had a side kick known as Mortimer Snerd. That’s a great name to assume. I don’t think he would sue you, after all he’s really a dummy. Older people will remember him and it give you a leg up (Get it, dummy sits on the leg) in your career.
Or how about Lois Lane? I mean, who wouldn’t want to be Superman’s girlfriend!?! And she and Mortimer had a lot in common. After all, when Superman put his glasses on and became Clark Kent, she couldn’t tell they were the same person! Maybe she is the one who needed the glasses.
And then there is Beau Brummell, a real enough character but so long ago I doubt many will remember who he was. A soldier, woman’s man, and gentleman of his era. That name just sort of rolls off the tongue as well and yet it is very powerful. Just having the name makes you dashing and daring!
And my final offering is Betty Boop. What a great name! It doesn’t exactly spell a Rhodes Scholar but she was a lot smarter than anyone ever gave her credit for. The name just spells out fun and cute.
How to celebrate – Pick out a fun name for yourself and enjoy the change. Remember the name you pick out so when someone is talking to you you will remember who you are! Make sure you use names that people can pronounce. There is nothing worse than having a name placed in front of you that you can’t say, spell or understand.